The Footprint

The Footprint is straw bale building in Windermere © Scott Mackie

The Footprint is straw bale building in Windermere

An inspirational space

This beautiful straw bale building was constructed in 2006 and now provides a base for education and other groups in the peaceful St Catherine’s Wood.

It’s the first building in Cumbria to be constructed with straw bale walls, and the first of its kind built anywhere by the National Trust.

It's a truly inspirational space.

Events and activities

Bushcraft club in St Catherine’s wood in Windermere

Bushcraft club in St Catherine’s wood in Windermere

We have a whole heap of activities and workshops planned for this winter, all designed to help you get away from the daily grind and re-connect with nature.

St Catherine's estate

The woodland at St Catherines is enchanting

St Catherine's is only walking distance from Windermere.

The meadows, woodland and grazed parkland are all teaming with wildlife and wild flowers making it the perfect place to get away from it all and a stunning location for any event.

To enquire about hiring the Footprint, call us on: 01539 488409.

Learning at Footprint

The Footprint is a great place for group learning

What better place to learn than the great outdoors?

For details of our educational programmes and resources please get in touch:

  • Call: 015394 88409
  • Email

Getting here

The Footprint is a truly inspirational place

  • By car: We have a small car park that can park up to 12 cars.
  • Sat Nav: LA23 1NH
  • By bus: Local buses stop near the end of the drive
  • By foot: Windermere train station is no more than 20 minutes walk away



Lantern walk

Lanterns create a great atmosphere at the Footprint © National Trust

Watch this lovely video of Staveley Steiner group, who put together an autumn lantern walk last year.

The atmosphere was amazing, the soup was warming and everyone had great time.

Sonic postcard

Local children taking part in a community building day at The Footprint. © Scott Mackie

As part of the Footprint construction project 127 pupils from four local schools created a ‘sonic’ postcard’ which captures the sounds and atmosphere of the project set to stills.


The Footprint from above showing the roof being installed © Scott Mackie

During construction a fixed-position camera took photos every five minutes.

Over 43,000 images were used to create a film that traces the sequence of construction.

Creating the Footprint

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